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Dear Warwickshire County Council,

1) How many of your authority's customers are in receipt of a direct payment for Care Act services, please?

2) What was the combined value of all Care Act budgets delivered through direct payments made in 2020 and 2019, please?

3) What is the median amount of a gross direct payment made on behalf of your organisation?

4) How frequently are direct payments made (i.e., weekly, fortnightly, 28 days or calendar month). Please provide a breakdown, thank you.

5) How many of your direct payment clients receive their payment into a prepaid card or managed account? Please provide a breakdown of the numbers, thank you.

6) Which prepaid card suppliers has your organisation contracted with?

7) What is the applicable contract length with these providers and when do these arrangements come up for renewal?

8) Does your organisation use prepaid cards to disburse funds to other people (i.e., asylum seekers, refugees, homeless). If so, please can you provide a breakdown of the median amount, recipient category, frequency of funds disbursed and the total value of funds made in 2020 and 2019, please?

9) Is your s151 Officer (CFO) aware of the recent £32 million GBP fine levied against Mastercard, allpay and PFS for allegedly operating a cartel in the public sector prepaid card space? Link to PSR article here: https://www.psr.org.uk/news-updates/late...

10) Has your organisation released a statement about these proceedings and if so, please can you provide it, thank you?

Yours faithfully,

John A Gelmini

Warwickshire County Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 7147076

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Dear Mr Gelmini
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 2
September 2021. We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000
 
Under our normal statutory requirements we are required to provide you
with a response within 20 working days of the receipt of your request.
Therefore we would aim to send a response by 30 September 2021. However,
please see ** below.
 

In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your right to request an internal review and to
complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
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requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
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In line with many organisations, nationally and globally, Warwickshire
County Council is experiencing unprecedented challenges during the
COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we will endeavour to adhere to our Information
Rights timescales during this period, there may be times when we need
to redirect our resources to assist the council and partner agencies to
respond to the outbreak.  Therefore, you may experience delays in
receiving a response from us in relation to information rights requests
during this time.   

Further guidance can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office
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appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time.  

 

 Kind regards

Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer

Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 413716

 

 

 

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Warwickshire County Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 7147076

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Dear Mr Gelmini,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Your request for information, received on 2 September 2021 and concerning
direct payment for Care Act services,  is currently being considered by
Warwickshire County Council. However I am writing to advise that there
will be a delay in providing you with our response to your request.

 

In line with many organisations, nationally and globally, Warwickshire
County Council is experiencing unprecedented challenges during the
COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we will endeavour to adhere to our Information
Rights timescales during this period, there may be times when we need
to redirect our resources to assist the council and partner agencies to
respond to the outbreak. 

 

I apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience caused, and will
write to you as soon as possible with the Council's response to your
request. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this
time.   

 

Further guidance can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office
website
at  [1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/you...

 

If you have any queries or should you wish to make a complaint about the
manner in which your request is being dealt with then please do not
hesitate to contact me at the above address in the first instance. Any
complaints will be dealt with under the Council's internal review
procedure.

Further information about your rights under the Freedom of Information
Act, is available from the Information Commissioner's Office (0303 123
1113) or www.ico.org.uk and on the County Council's website.

 

 

Yours sincerely

  
Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer
Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 413716
E-mail: [2][email address]
 
 
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